News Release
Date: November 04, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Kentucky Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Fifteen Years
- Three-time Felon Caught with $22,820 Cash in Attempt Buy

NOV 04 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Shawon C. Hickman, of Frankfort, Kentucky, was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months imprisonment in United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky, for attempting to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. John G. Heyburn, Chief Judge, United States District Court, also sentenced Hickman to 4 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

On August 1, 2008, Hickman pled guilty to attempting to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute the substance. During his plea, Hickman admitted that on June 20, 2007, he was arrested after attempting to purchase two kilograms of cocaine from an individual that was working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hickman was arrested in a vehicle, where $22,820.00 in cash was discovered. The estimated street value of two kilograms of cocaine is $36,000.00.

Hickman’s co-defendant, George Breed, pled guilty on August 12, 2008 and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 10, 2008.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas W. Dyke, and was investigated by the DEA Task Force, which includes officers from a number of different local agencies including the Oldham County Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Louisville Metro Police Department.


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